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Conflicting polls perplex Colorado politicos

The Colorado Statesman

Just over three weeks before mail ballots go out to Colorado voters, a pair of polls released this week said Republican Senate candidate U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner and gubernatorial nominee Bob Beauprez hold commanding leads over Democratic incumbents U.S. Sen. Mark Udall and Gov. John Hickenlooper, marking a dramatic shift from previous polling that has shown the races too close to call.

But a flurry of other polls also released in the past week paint a different picture of the midterm electorate in the purple state, saying either that the races are toss-ups or that the Democrats are ahead.

Different positions, different leadership styles

The Colorado Statesman

GRAND JUNCTION — While they disagreed plenty about policy, the candidates on stage on the evening of Saturday, Sept. 6 at the Club 20 gubernatorial debate differed most in the leadership styles they displayed.

Udall and Gardner agree on little in debate

The Colorado Statesman

GRAND JUNCTION — Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Udall and his Republican challenger, U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, clashed over the federal government’s role in virtually every aspect of life in Colorado on Saturday, Sept. 6, at their first debate, before a crowd of nearly 1,000 at Western Slope advocacy group Club 20’s fall meeting.

Club 20 legislative debates run the gamut

The Colorado Statesman

GRAND JUNCTION — Club 20 sponsored seven legislative debates last Saturday punctuated with presentations from four candidates, three Republicans and one Democrat, who are running unopposed for re-election this year. The actual debates ranged from the overtly hostile to amiable exchanges between candidates who actually like each other. Breaks for the legislators running without opponents allowed the audience to refill their coffee cups and run to the restroom.

A sweet fundraiser for Hick in the heart of Grand Junction’s ‘Peach Country’

The Colorado Statesman

Deputy Attorney General Bernie Buescher, a former Democratic state representative and former secretary of state, and his wife Mary Beth hosted a fundraiser for Gov. John Hickenlooper in Grand Junction prior to the Club 20 debate Saturday afternoon. While Mesa County leans heavily Republican, 40 or 50 supporters of the Democratic incumbent enjoyed Palisade peaches and ice cream on a warm afternoon. The Governor arrived with several West Slope members of his cabinet, son Teddy and wife Helen Thorpe in tow.

Gen. Petraeus reflects on 9/11, threats to U.S. security, at Colorado remembrance event

The Colorado Statesman

Exactly 13 years after the Sept. 11 Al Qaeda attacks on the American homeland, retired General David H. Petraeus, commander of American troops during combat surges in both Iraq and Afghanistan in 2007 and later the Director of the CIA, addressed about 2,000 people at an anniversary commemoration held at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in downtown Denver.

Complaints filed against various candidates

The Colorado Statesman

’Tis the season for complaints against candidates, and they’re flying fast and furiously, particularly in high-profile races in this swing state.

Just this week, state Democrats and a conservative pressure group logged complaints aimed at the two major party Senate candidates, alleging violations of congressional rules, federal regulations and general decency.

Women for Udall

Sen. Elizabeth Warren campaigns for colleague
The Colorado Statesman

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Udall brought a liberal superstar from Massachusetts and a nationally prominent pro-choice advocate to Jefferson County on Friday afternoon to rally volunteers preparing to contact voters ahead of what could be one of the key Senate races in the country.

Justice Jim Carrigan’s legacy is one of profound influence

The Colorado Statesman

For many attorneys, an appointment to a judgeship is the culmination of a career aspiration that may appear somewhat aside from politics. An appointment to the bench often rewards either evident legal acumen or the generous financial support of politicians. In the case of former Colorado Supreme Court Justice and Federal District Court Judge James “Jim” Carrigan, it was also his sense of humor that was lauded during a memorial service last week at the University of Colorado Law School in Boulder.

Steak, biscuits and now lemon pie with former Rep. Bob Shoemaker

The Colorado Statesman

It’s August 26, and I’ve driven to the ranch of Helen Shoemaker and her husband, former State Representative Bob Shoemaker in a beautiful valley north of Cañon City to visit. Sunday, August 31 was Helen’s 90th birthday and Bob, her husband of 67 years, will be 90 next June.